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Blank Verse for the Masses!

Old Cloven Hoof is no stranger to the silver screen, of course, but there's a new kind of devil coming to Tinseltown: the real mccoy, Lucifer himself. And if The Daily Telegraph is correct in its claim that Hollywood plans to remain faithful to Milton's "Paradise Lost" in adapting it for the screen, the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy may get taken down a notch on the epic fantasy hit parade.

Regardless of your take on myth, superstition and religion, "Paradise Lost" is bound to tap into the same kind of elemental fears and curiosities examined by the best fantasy and horror cinema. Producer Vincent Newman, according to the Telegraph, feels that the story of Milton's poem "captures the initial struggle between good and evil and is also the first human love story." It sounds as if his heart is in the right place, at any rate. As long as the film doesn't get co-opted by the religious right the way "The Passion of the Christ" did, we should be in fine shape.

There is so far no director or cast firmly tied to the project, but Phil DiBlasi and Byron Willinger have written a screenplay. Expect the fallen angel to land on your doorstep sometime in 2007.--Pete Mesling

Posted by Pete on October 12, 2005 8:30 PM
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